By Robert Jobson and Ryan Sabey, 10/01/2009
PRINCE Harry made shock racist remarks on a video, the News of the World can reveal.
The soldier prince pours shame on the Royal Family as he calls an Asian squaddie “our little Paki friend” and tells another officer cadet jokingly wearing a camouflage veil off duty: “F*** me, you look like a raghead”–an offensive term for an Arab.
Harry, 24, third in line to the throne, also astonishingly mocks the Queen–the Commander- in-Chief of the British Army–while acting out a mobile phone call to her in front of other cadets at a field camp in Cyprus.
They laugh out loud as the disrespectful Prince pretends to get bored talking to his grandmother and dismissively hangs up on her saying: “I’ve got to go, got to go, bye. God Save You… yeah, that’s great.”
He even jokes about the colour of his pubic hair with one soldier in the middle of giving orders.
Last night Clarence House issued an APOLOGY for Harry’s behaviour in the shocking video diary–in which Harry is often behind the camera giving a foul-mouthed running commentary.
His sick remarks will not only have infuriated the Queen but could also increase tensions with Islamic groups in the UK who were outraged that he went to fight and kill Muslims in Afghanistan.
And they will mortify Army chiefs trying to recruit soldiers from Britian’s ethnic minorities.
The film was made in 2006, just a year after Harry was shamed for wearing a Nazi swastika at a fancy dress party and forced to make a grovelling apology.
It begins as the Prince–about to embark on training as a combat helicopter pilot–joins other cadets gathering at an airport for their flight to Cyprus.
He is behind the camcorder, panning around bored or sleeping comrades waiting for their flight.
As he films one cadet lying on the departure lounge floor, he says: “This is luxury. And here is our first example of possibly how to admin yourself (slang for looking after your kit and keeping yourself in good order) in the terminal awaiting the RAF.”
The camera pans over other snoozing soldiers, with Harry commenting “now that is bad admin, bad admin” before he suddenly stops and zooms in on the face of an unsuspecting Asian cadet yards away.
“Anybody else around here?… Ah, our little Paki friend… Ahmed,” he whispers.
After arriving in Cyprus, Harry is on exercise with his platoon when he makes his second offensive racist comment.
Once again he is behind the camera, filming in the dark.
One of his comrades has put what appears to be some camouflage over his head and as he looks up at the lens Harry says: “It’s Dan the Man… F*** me, you look like a raghead. Look at me. Look at me…. look away.”
The video– obtained by the News of the World–then shows the Prince on manouevres in Cyprus with his comrades. Harry plays on-screen reporter, turning the video on himself as he walks along. Then still a Sandhurst military cadet, he sarcastically mocks the exercise they have been given to do.
“It’s hot, very hot. Let me quickly show you the camp, let me show you the pointless tasks,” he says.
“Maybe not pointless tasks, we have been given by the real Company Sergeant Major, which apparently is all very much worthwhile towards our education in the field.”
The camcorder is passed to another squaddie. A cadet then introduces Harry as “Mr Wales“ and says the prince is “going to attempt to deliver a set of deliberate night attack orders in 30 seconds”.
The camera focuses on the Prince as he sits pretending to finish a call to the Queen.
“I’ve got to go, got to go. Send my love to the corgis. Send my love to the corgis and Grandpa” before making his “God Save You” insult.
Afterwards he pops a cigarette in his mouth before barking orders about an upcoming exercise, saying “we will be wearing smocks, body armour, helmet, and all the usual s**t”. After giving the orders the exercise descends into farce when the Prince, wielding an army knife, asks his men if there are any questions.
One of the squad cheekily remarks: “Are your pubes ginger too?”
Harry replies: “Sorry?”
He is then asked the question again and replies: “Yes, they are” to laughter from the rest.
Later Harry, wielding the camera again, asks another member of the squad to talk through the exercise they have just done.
He asks for “your ups and downs in the exercise. Highs and lows. Good people, bad people. Good points, bad points.” Off camera, he adds: “How do you feel? Gay? Queer on the side?“
Then Harry asks another cadet: “Anything you want to say? There’s no secrets here. Quickly just tell me what the f ** k is going on?“
The sequence ends with a reference to the hit Channel 4 show Big Brother: “Well that’s all from sandpit heaven in Cyprus. What you’ll next see is probably the diary. Big Brother wants you. Ciao.”
Throughout the film, Harry remarks several times: “All is good in the Empire.”
Other scenes in the video diary show Harry enjoying party nights out with his pals on manouevres.
In one scene the Prince–now on the wagon–mockingly mouths to another soldier “I love you” before kissing him on the cheek and licking his face. On the same night he is seen holding two fingers to his head, implying he wants to shoot himself because he is so bored by the Greek dancers.
Harry’s racist slur came a year after he was widely criticised over the Nazi costume incident.
In January 2005 the Prince, then 20, wore a swastika on a German Afrika Korps uniform to a fancy dress party.
He was forced to issue an apology saying: “I am very sorry if I have caused any offence. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologise.”
But the Prince’s tongue could get him into even deeper trouble this time.
Harry, who was promoted to the rank of Lieutentant after serving in Afghanistan, is in clear breach of British Army regulations. Officers guilty of racism within the Army face ‘major administrative action’ for misconduct and a range of punishments from written censure to being booted out of the service.
In 2004 a report by the Armed Forces Directorate of Operations Capability, found 40 per cent of soldiers said there was racism in the Army and 30 per cent believed racial harassment existed.
In March 2007 The Ministry of Defence said it would investigate claims of racist behaviour towards black Commonwealth soldiers.
The move came as Belize-born Marlon Clancy announced he was setting up an independent union for 6,000 Commonwealth soldiers in the army to help them deal with racism. Clancy told the BBC he had complained without success about racist bullying and intimidation for the seven years of his British army service. He claimed he was attacked by squaddies dressed as the Ku Klux Klan who called him ‘nigger’.
Forces top brass are stepping up attempts to attract more soldiers from ethnic minorities in the fight against terrorism.
Muslim recruits who understand the languages of southern Afghanistan are highly prized as intelligence officers to interpret Taliban radio chatter.
Staff officers have insisted the Army’s policy must be ’zero tolerance to all forms of discrimination’.
But Harry’s offhand use of the word ’Paki’ shows that among Sandhurst’s officer cadets–the Generals of the future–racist terms are far from taboo. Last September three Army instructors were suspended after an undercover BBC investigation into the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick, N Yorks. During the programme, one recruit was secretly filmed yelling ’Paki’ as he plunged his bayonet into a target dummy.
In 2007, a Jamaican-born soldier, identified only by his first name Wayne, said he faced regular racist abuse from non-commissioned and senior officers.
He claimed the soldiers’ shameful view was: “You’re niggers. You come over here and take all the married quarters and taking up the space… You need to go back to your country.”
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